By John Reid
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri wants Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone to be the next permanent Everton boss, according to a report.
Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol has said that even though Simeone is the man Moshiri wants, there are more realistic names on the shortlist, such as Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva or current caretaker boss David Unsworth.
Owner Farhad Moshiri wants Diego Simeone to be Everton manager. Other more realistic targets: Allardyce & Marco Silva or give it to Unsworth
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) November 7, 2017
There have been reports that Allardyce has had taks with Everton, with former Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare set to be named his assistant.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is also in the running according to SkyBet, with odds of 5-1 making him second favourite.
Diego Simeone’s odds have come down to 16/1 on the news, and the mention of the successful Atletico manager has come as a shock to Everton fans.
David Unsworth led Everton to a come from behind 3-2 win over Watford on Sunday, which has kept him in the frame for the job.
Football Insider verdict: Whilst it’s always good for a club to have ambitions, it seems highly unlikely that Everton will be able to tempt Diego Simeone away from Atletico Madrid. The other names mentioned in the report seem far more realistic, it looks like either Silva or Allardyce are the most likely to get the job, Allardyce would do well as he is the great fire-fighter, while Silva has impressed many with the football his teams at Hull and Watford have played.
In other Everton news, Duncan Ferguson has talked about a row he had with two players at Goodison